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Newsletter of March - Bulletin de Mars : Special Idlelo

Dear All,

I am currently working on the newsletter  of FOSSFA and it will be a special one since Idlelo was the main event of March.

So feel free to send me your inputs (thoughts, pictures, etc.) or quotes that you will like to share (you can let me know if you want to write about something special).

Have an excellent week.


Bonjour à tous,

ict@innovation meets Nigerian Minister of Technology and Communication

Last Tuesday, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, Honourable Minister of Communication Technology of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, opened  the 5th African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons (IDLELO 5) in  Abuja, Nigeria. Shortly after she was introduced to the ict@innovation programme at the conference exhibition by Mr. Dele Ajisomo - one of those trainers who recently gave the "Training of Trainers on African FOSS Business Models" in Abuja, Nigeria.

[Idlelo5] Ict@innovation Meeting Agenda

Hi All,

 There will be a meeting on Thursday, 22nd March 2012 during Idlelo 5 (, regarding ict@innovation's communities (mainly FBT and FOSS Certification).

Please find attached the agenda and feel free to send your questions, ideas, doubts to

 We wish to see you (for those who will bw able to make it) tomorrow and/or thursday.

Thank you in advance.


Linux Professional Institute announces “Linux Essentials” Program

“Certificate of Achievement” introduces new users and youth to Linux and Open Source Software -

German Government funds German-African research partnerships to build ICT study courses in Africa

The German Government via its Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) released a call to fund research partnerships between German Research institutions and partners in Subsaharan Africa. One of the main goals is to build  African ICT study courses and to fund exploratory measures / pilot measures in  "Applied information and communication technologies (ICT)"  via German-African research partnerships.

The 5th African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons to be hosted by Open Source Foundation for Nigeria in Abuja

The Idlelo 5 conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons took place from March 19th – March 23rd, 2012 in Abuja, Nigeria. The IDLELO Conference, themed “Open Source Solutions for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”, is a premier international forum on Free and Open Source Software in Africa and is therefore an especially important event for any ICT programme.

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Ict@innovation participant or partner? Join the Group "Alumni of ict@innovation" on the Alumni Portal Germany!

Have you participated in training-of-trainer courses of ict@innovation or in one of its network-ing events? Are you a partner or friend of the FOSSFA/GIZ programme "ict@innovation"? Then you are cordially invited to join the new group "Alumni of ict@innovation " on the Alumniportal Germany. This will enable you to:

... link up with all fellow trainers, participants, partners & friends of ict@innovation


We are proud to announce to this community that training on LPI Certification has already started at Bugema University. We started January 30th and Match 19th 2012 will be our grand passing-out of the first Linux-Certified professionals according to our training schedule.

This training is conducted at Bugema University Kampala Campus every Mondays at 4:30 pm to 8:00pm.

Target group and enrollment procedure for this first training

Ushahidi becomes more popular

The Kenyan FOSS based crowdsourcing and incident reporting application Ushahidi is getting great publicity. The application that came out during one of the darkest times in Kenya's history is shining star in Kenya's tech space. See this article that discusses more about its application in other parts of the world.


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